2023 Copenhagen Talks

The Wisdom of the Community – Juhana Pettersson

In 22 years, the Knudepunkt community has published 29 books that together form the greatest collection of larp writing in the world. This talk explores that legacy, the current situation of the KP book and its future.

Juhana Pettersson is a Finnish writer, novelist and roleplaying game and larp designer, who has edited two Knudepunkt books – Knudepunkt books are also his topic today. His larps include Luminescence, Halat hisar, End of the Line, Enlightenment in Blood, Parliament of Shadows, Redemption and Saturnalia. He’s currently working at Renegade Games Studios as the Lead Developer for the World of Darkness series of roleplaying game releases.

2022 Linköping Talks

Reading Larps – Hanne Grasmo

Larps exist outside the ephemeral reality of the activity of larping. Larps are published as books and archived as PDFs. In these formats, larps can be read, without playing them, if you have the literacy.

In the spring of 2022, Hanne Grasmo browsed through 2303 documented larps in search of European larp scripts published in English or Nordic languages. In this talk she discusses the importance of the larp script, rants about archiving larps, and ponders what features are needed for a larp to be published.

Hanne Grasmo is a Norwegian larp designer, sociologist, educator, and writer. She published the first popular science book about Nordic Larp in 1998, co-founded the Knutepunkt conferences, and is well-known for the world-touring larp Just a Little Lovin’; last year the full larp script of 630 pages was published as a book. Hanne is currently employed as a Doctoral researcher in Game Culture Studies at Tampere University, researching Role-play and Sexual Arousal.

2013 Oslo Talks

How Can we Know what Actually Happened in a Larp
 – Annika Waern

The stories people tell about larps they have attended, lie very far from what they actually experienced in the game. Also, everyone tells a different story, and this is particularly true for players and organizers.

Is there a way to understand what actually happened in a larp, and can we tell a single more coherent story about how a larp played out? This talk is about techniques to study larp.

Annika Waern (Ph.D) is a professor and game researcher at the department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University, Sweden. She has a long-standing experience of studying games that play out in the physical world, including but not limited to larp. Together with Markus Montola, and Jaakko Stenros she is author of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009).

Site: Annika Waern

2011 Copenhagen Books Talks

Documenting the Nordic Larp Scene

Jaakko Stenros (M.Soc.Sc.) is a game researcher at the Game Research Lab at the University of Tampere, Finland. Currently he is working on a dissertation on the limits of games. Together with Markus Montola, Jaakko has edited three books on larp, Playground Worlds (2008), Beyond Role and Play (2004) Nordic Larp (2010). They are also authors of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009).

Site: Nordic Larp Book
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Photo: Jakob la Cour